The Oxford BRC Small Grants scheme offers up to £25,000 to enable early career researchers to develop their careers and increase the impact of their work. All applicants should have recently completed a PhD or DPhil and priority will be given to nurses, midwives and allied health professionals who are preparing to apply for a post-doctoral fellowship.
Career stage: Postdoctoral research within one year of completing a doctorate (clinical or non-clinical)
Where: Oxford University or Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in one of the Oxford BRC themes
Level of funding: up to £25,000
Duration of funding: flexible, 3–6 months
What we offer
A Small Grant can be up to £25,000. The duration can be flexible but grants usually last for three to six months. The grant should be used mainly to claim salary costs for yourself, full or part time, and the amount should cover a minimum of 25% of your salary. You can also use the funding for publication costs where this is not provided by your theme.
You cannot use the funding for training, consumables, conference registration, travel, subsistence, other staff costs, indirect costs or overheads.
Eligibility and suitability
You must have submitted your PhD/DPhil before any award is made and you must be associated with one of the Oxford BRC themes (Oxford Health BRC researchers would not be eligible).
You can’t apply if you want to conduct a pilot study, develop a health intervention, organise a one-off event, write up a book, do an academic course such as a Master’s degree or PhD, or engage with a non-specialist public audience.
Conditions associated with the award
The aim of the funding is to give you time to generate publications from your doctoral research to support your transition to a post-doctoral fellowship. You will be expected to remain in touch with the BRC Training and Education Project Manager during the funding period (firstname.lastname@example.org). Any resulting publications must give credit to the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre. You will be expected to submit a report at the end of the funding period.
Closing date for applications is 26 November 2020
Applications will be reviewed and awards allocated by a panel in early December. Awards will be available from January 2021.
Downloadable application form
Completed applications should be returned by e-mail to: email@example.com
Here a previous Small Grant recipient outlines how the grant was used.
Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences
My research focuses on non-invasive brain stimulation techniques which are used for probing neurophysiology and have the potential to complement conventional neurorehabilitation. I am particularly interested in the significance and sources of individual differences in responses to brain stimulation.
Transcranial direct current stimulation is an extensively researched and relatively inexpensive technique, but translation to clinical applications is limited by individual variability in responses. Several studies from our lab and our collaborators have examined the effects of direct current stimulation on concentrations of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA. While there is a general trend for stimulation induced decrease in GABA, there are also significant differences between participants. The aim of this project is to run retrospective current modelling in a large number of participants (from multiple datasets) in order to determine whether stimulation induced GABA changes are correlated with current amplitudes in the motor cortex. The BRC grant gave me the opportunity kick start this analysis with dedicated time commitment and computational resources.